Gone are the days of simple proposals and intimate celebrations of an engagement. Nowadays, proposals are almost as stressful and elaborate as planning for the wedding itself. Hiding an engagement ring in food seems ridiculous now that grooms-to-be are organizing flash mobs. Although proposals have become a huge endeavor for men, women are still often left unsatisfied. Read on for some interesting facts about proposals that may surprise you!
Pricey Proposals. Wedding proposal planners now charge between $250 to $10,000 to create the ultimate proposal, including actors, helicopter rides,, receptions, fireworks, or all of the above.*
Not a Shocker. Around 64% have said that they weren’t surprised by their marriage proposal.*
The S Factor. 88% of brides-to-be feel that the surprise factor is important.*
Proposal Puppet. 3% of brides said that they orchestrated the proposal for their fiance to carry out.*
Father of the Bride. 83% of brides prefer for her fiance to ask her dad’s permission before proposing.*
Say it Loud. 68% of women believe that it’s essential for the words “will you marry me?” to be spoken. 29% thinks that it’s fine if it’s implied.*
Not a Sports Fan. Out of a list of places women would like to be proposed to – which included the place of your first date, on vacation, at a restaurant, and at home – at a sports stadium came in last.
Home Run? 63 proposals were made on the jumbotron in Fenway Park in Boston in 2011.
Manning Up. Two-thirds of female respondents felt that it was necessary for the guy to propose.
Bummed Bride. Many women would change the circumstances of their proposal if they could, either the location (22%), speech (20%), or ring (14%).
Early Birds. According to a survey conducted by David’s Bridal, one in five women start reserving usernames online with the new married name before they’re even proposed to. 25% have seriously considered it.
The B in BFF. According to Brides, 27% of brides-to-be call their best friends first after the proposal.
A Christmas Story. December is the most popular month for proposals.
Seal the Deal. Singer Seal proposed to now ex-wife Heidi Klum on top of a glacier and then surprised her with an igloo!
Roses are Red. According to the Diamond Information Center, 10% of all proposals in the U.S. happens on Valentine’s Day.
Knee-Jerking Moment. According to Steven Stone Jewelers, 76% of men think getting down on one knee is essential.
*Statistics are compiled from The Knot.